Boston Open 2013
Favourites Tom Richards and Jaclyn Kemp beat Jonathan Kemp and Victoria Temple-Murray in the finals at Boston…
Jaclyn Kemp  bt Victoria Temple-Murray  11/4, 8/11, 12/10, 11/6 (36m)
19-year-old Victoria Temple-Murray put in a valiant effort against number one seed Jaclyn Kemp, and came close to taking a 2-1 lead in games, but it was her opponent that took this year’s ladies’ crown. In truth, the match was a relatively normal one, with few distinguishing patterns, as both players played tight squash throughout.
The key moment of the match can be pinpointed quite specifically though. It was Kemp’s comeback from 10/7 down in the third. Temple-Murray will be left to rue what might have been had her drop shot not clipped the tin on her first gameball.
Tom Richards  bt Jonathan Kemp  3/11, 11/6, 12/10, 5/11, 11/6 (44m)
After the previous two years had provided straight-sets men’s finals, this year’s five-game climax was much welcomed. Apart from Tristan Eysele’s second round win over Chris Shinnie, the final was the only contest of this year’s tournament that went to a fifth. Jonathan Kemp took the first game surprisingly comfortably, but it was never going to be as straightforward in the following game, and Tom Richards pulled level.
In the third game, Kemp hit two successive vollies into the tin to go 5/4 down, before a third unforced tin-shot handed Richards a two-point advantage. Despite that, Kemp drew level at 7/7 before going on to have the first gameball of the third set. However, Richards saved that gameball, and a backhand drive that was too tight for his opponent to boast back gave him a 12/10 victory in the third, and a 2-1 lead in games. Kemp hit back in the fourth, but it was the pre-tournament favourite that clinched the deciding game of a match that was played in a great spirit, with the referee having very few decisions to make.
Men’s SEMI-FINALS Results:
Tom Richards  bt Scott Handley [5/8] 7/11, 11/9, 11/6, 12/10 (42m)
The first semi-final was between the number one seed Tom Richards, and Scott Handley – who had progressed to this stage without dropping a game or expending much time in his previous three matches. Scott looked “on it” and took the first game. In the second he led 8/7 when his appeals for a let were denied by the referees, who judged him not to have made enough effort to get to the ball on the forehand. That was surely a crucial turning point in the match, as Tom went on to win the next two points, and at 10/8 up he never looked likely to relinquish his chance to level the score in games.
Boston town centre may have been dampened this weekend, but Scott’s spirits were not. Early in the third game he hit a forehand cross-court drop shot into the tin, and joked, “It must have hit him [Tom] on the way through.” He later jokingly asked for what would have been the most outrageous let in the history of the sport.
The tournament organiser will vouch for my prediction within the first few points of the fourth game that Tom would take it by two points. Call me Nostradamus. Scott was always going to push the men’s favourite to the very end, and won an amazing rally to go 9/8 up before Tom had to change his racket due to broken strings. However, Tom pulled through, and despite Scott saving a matchball at 10/9 down with a drop shot that was the definition of ‘finesse’ , it was the world #22 that progressed to the final.
Jonathan Kemp  bt Eddie Charlton [3/4] 11/8, 11/6, 11/13, 11/8 (43m)
Although he had gone 2-0 down, Eddie Charlton was not going to let go of his Boston Open men’s crown without a fight. After the crowd had, in unison, exclaimed ‘awwhh’ following a rally that led to the third game hanging in the balance at 9-9, Eddie won the game on his third gameball after his backhand shot hit a dead floorboard (the one next to the side wall and not usually encountered by club members). Despite the fightback, Jonathan won the match in the fourth game – with Eddie being given a no let for the final point.
Women’s SEMI-FINALS Results:
The semi-finals went to seeding. Despite a one-sided scoreline in the semi-final between Jaclyn Kemp and Alison Thomson, the match was as long and longer than other matches with much closer game scores, indicating that Alison had been well in the rallies but unable to clinch them against the women’s number one seed.
Jaclyn Kemp  bt Alison Thomson 11/2, 11/0, 11/2 (24m)
Victoria Temple-Murray  bt Lily Taylor 11/8, 11/2, 11/5 (19m)
Men’s QUARTER-FINALS Results:
The lengths and game scores don’t reflect how much the crowd enjoyed the high quality squash in the men’s quarters this afternoon. Scott Handley is through to the semis without dropping a game as he put in another clinical performance to win in 25 minutes (his longest match so far). The British O35 Champion upset 3/4 seed and last year’s runner-up Greg Lobban, who had a frustrating afternoon and insisted that he had got to his shot before the ball’s second bounce at 10-9 down in the second game. The referee disagreed. Jonathan Kemp dug in to fend off a challenge from Ben Ford, who had held the lead late in the fourth.
Tom Richards  bt Tristan Eysele [5/8] 11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (27m)
Scott Handley [5/8] bt Greg Lobban [3/4] 11/7, 11/9, 11/4 (25m)
Eddie Charlton [3/4] bt Doug Kempsell [5/8] 11/9, 11/9, 11/8 (44m)
Jonathan Kemp  bt Ben Ford [5/8] 11/5, 8/11, 11/6, 13/11 (32m)
Women’s QUARTER-FINALS Results:
The first round of matches on Saturday was the women’s quarter-finals, which went to seeding.
Jaclyn Kemp  bt Mari Taylor 11/7, 11/5, 11/3 (17m)
Alison Thomson bt Taylor Flavell 11/9, 12/10, 11/3 (26m)
Lily Taylor bt Roxanna Keshavarz 11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (14m)
Victoria Temple-Murray  Alison Hemmingway 11/6, 11/5, 11/0 (15m)
Men’s Round TWO Results:
Friday evening saw the intensity of the tournament step up a gear. In half of the matches the losers won at least a game. Both of the top two seeds dropped the third game in their respective matches. The other notable matches of the round saw Dave Wardle run last year’s runner-up Greg Lobban close, having held the momentum (if not the 2-1 lead in games) ahead of a tight fourth. Chris Shinnie took Tristan Eysele to five sets. The 5/8 seed won the fifth game without much trouble, but only after a hard-fought first four games, during which Shinnie managed to win a rally despite having to recover from diving onto the floor halfway through it. Scott Handley’s 17-minute win completed an efficient day for the Boston Open regular.
Tristan Eysele [5/8] bt Chris Shinnie 11/7, 6/11, 10/12, 12/10, 11/2 (44m)
Scott Handley [5/8] bt Taminder Gata-Aura 11/7, 11/1, 11/3 (17m)
Greg Lobban [3/4] bt Dave Wardle 11/4, 12/10, 7/11, 11/9 (47m)
Eddie Charlton [3/4] bt Robert Dadds 11/9, 11/4, 11/6 (24m)
Doug Kempsell [5/8] bt Keith Timms 11/4, 11/6, 11/9 (28m)
Ben Ford [5/8] bt Jamie Henderson 11/9, 11/6, 11/4 (25m)
Jonathan Kemp  bt Paul Rawden 11/8, 12/10, 12/14, 11/7 (30m)
Women’s Round ONE Results:
The women’s first round was effectively a pair of qualifiers for the quarter-finals. Mari Taylor showed strength of character to win the second game of her match despite having failed to capitalise on multiple gameballs, while Alison Hemmingway knocked out the only woman to have entered both last year’s and this year’s event.
Mari Taylor bt Jess Dixon 11/7, 14/12, 11/9 (23m)
Alison Hemmingway bt Emily Ison 11/8, 6/11, 11/7, 11/5 (26m)
Men’s Round ONE Results:
This year’s tournament began at midday with James Peach serving to Taminder Gata-Aura. The first result in, however, was Scott Handley [5/8] who beat Tom Bamford in 14 minutes. The longest matches of the round were Robert Dadds and Keith Timms’s 3-1 victories, which both took 41 minutes. Timms played tournament organiser Mark Hildred, for whom a 2-0 deficit was too much to overturn (that said, he had led 6/0 in the first game!)
There is now a break before the men’s second round begins at 5.30pm. In the meantime, we’ll be grabbing a bite to eat and watching the football World Cup draw.
Chris Shinnie bt Matt Sidaway 11/9, 11/1, 11/3 (19m)
Tristan Eysele [5/8] bt Lloyd Barcza 11/9, 11/9, 11/7 (23m)
Scott Handley [5/8] bt Tom Bamford 11/3, 11/6, 11/3 (14m)
Taminder Gata-Aura bt James Peach 11/8, 13/11, 8/11, 11/8 (35m)
Dave Wardle bt Julian Tomlinson 11/5, 11/8, 11/5 (29m)
Robert Dadds bt Chris van der Salm 11/5, 11/9, 9/11, 11/9 (41m)
Keith Timms bt Mark Hildred 11/9, 11/6, 10/12, 11/5 (41m)
Doug Kempsell [5/8] bt Richard North 11/6, 11/9, 11/2 (26m)
Ben Ford [5/8] bt Tom Chitty 11/4, 11/7, 9/11, 11/3 (38m)
Jamie Henderson bt Nathan Derrick 11/6, 11/8, 11/2 (22m)
Paul Rawden bt Sam Burton 12/10, 11/7, 11/5 (22m)
Court lights? On.
That’s everything isn’t it? Another weekend of scoffing snacks while watching TV and sending through scores, all in between watching top notch squash, awaits. At least it does for me. I doubt the players will be scoffing snacks. Perhaps that’s where my squash has been going wrong for all these years? (I wish it was as simple as that.)
The BSPA Boston Open returns for its 17th consecutive year this Friday. You won’t find any preview articles from previous years in which I’ve called the tournament’s draws “weak”, they are always of a certain standard, but naturally they are stronger some years than others. In 2013, the standard is as high as it has ever been.
This event follows on the back of three others on the BSPA tour. The winners of two of those tournaments will be in Boston this weekend. World #22 Tom Richards heads the men’s draw having won the Wimbledon Cup, while last year’s Boston Open winner Eddie Charlton is a ¾ seed, having recently won the Virgin Active Open in Surrey. In between them, as second seed, is world #44 Jonathan Kemp. Greg Lobban’s presence one week on from winning his second PSA title at the National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur (and there I was thinking it was in Manchester) means that both of last year’s men’s finalists make a return as ¾ seeds.
Former world #12 Jaclyn Kemp is the favourite to take this year’s women’s winner’s trophy, which will have a name other than Emma Beddoes’s on it for the first time since 2009. Jaclyn is back out of retirement after giving birth to a baby daughter earlier this year, and won gold for New Zealand in the squash doubles at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
European Junior U19 champion Victoria Temple Murray is the second seed in what is a noticeably youthful women’s draw.
Completing the seedings are the men’s 5/8 seeds: Scott Handley, Mark Fuller, Doug Kempsell and Ben Ford.
Follow @bspabostonopen for all the match results as soon as they’re in. Results, reports, and pictures will be posted here on the BSPA website each day.